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More than 1 billion residents in India register for the Aadhaar Programme

Adrian M. Reodique | Oct. 13, 2016
Those registered can use their 12-digit number to apply for social security benefits or open bank accounts.

More than 1 billion residents in India have already registered for the Aadhaar Programme of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) since April this year.

This is according to a press release sent by NEC Corporation, the provider of biometrics identification system for the project.

The Aadhaar Programme gathers the demographic and biometric information (i.e. photographs, fingerprints, and iris scans) of residents in India who voluntarily registers for the system. Once registered, a person will receive a 12-digit number which public organisations and banks will use to identify the individual when they apply for social security benefits or open bank accounts.

To avoid duplication, NEC said their biometrics identification system uses three types of biometric information: fingerprints, face images, and iris images. It can also handle more than 1 million registrations daily by checking the registered biometric information and comparing it to the biometric information of people who wish to register.

"It is important to make sure that the same ID is not issued twice in order to maintain a highly reliable national identification system," said Noritaka Taguma, General Manager for Transportation and City Infrastructure Division of NEC Corporation, in a press release. "NEC's biometrics identification system helps to stop people from pretending to be others, while simplifying procedures by checking the information of people seeking to register for the Aadhaar Programme with greater accuracy and efficiency."


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